Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts has been offering exceptional educational opportunities to students across the Illawarra for almost one hundred years. We have the twin goals of academic excellence and excellence in the performing arts. The school has a diverse student population with students travelling from as far as Engadine and Berry to participate in its educational and artistic programs.
Academic results are consistently above state average and performance standards are excellent. Our core values of safety, tolerance, achievement and respect provide the basis for a dynamic and caring school.
Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts is a specialist co-educational, government secondary school offering exceptional educational opportunities to students across the Illawarra for almost one hundred years. It has the twin goals of academic excellence and excellence in the performing arts.
Wollongong High School was founded in December 1916 at the Smith's Hill location after much pressure and lobbying from the local district citizens' association and the municipal council to the government. It was officially opened by the minister for education, Mr James. It was built with six classrooms, a science room, a manual training room, a library and some offices. There was no electricity and the students had to use pan toilets in a shed. Founding headmaster Mr Frank McMullen opened the school for the first day of term on 29th January 1917, with 140 enrolled students.
In 1916, the school motto "Age Quid Agas" was changed in 1918 when it was realised that the translation meant "what on earth are you doing?" or "what are you doing?". It was changed to "Age Quod Agis", meaning "whatever you do, do well".
Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts acknowledge the Wadi Wadi people of the Dharawal Nation, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet. We acknowledge the Elders, past, present and future, of this land as well as Elders of the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. These Elders hold the traditions, the dreams, the hopes and the culture that has been kept alive for thousands of years. Our school lies between the sacred site of Mt Geera and the five islands which are significant figures in Dharawal dreaming stories. These stories pass on the traditions, practices and customs that have sustained the oldest living culture in the world to this day. In between the mountains and the sea we meet together in harmony and stand firm in the reminder that this land is, was, and always will be traditional Aboriginal land.
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